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Episode 29: Tekno Trap

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

 

July 5, 2004

 

Green Earth drives by what seems to be a now deserted town, but it seems to have been attacked recently. Rebin wonders if Axe was here, but D-Boy doesn’t think so, as he says there wouldn’t be anything left standing. While the gang is talking, Noal just keeps just driving, but something is bothering him, as even road bumps doesn’t seem to snap him out of his thoughts. The Green Earth stops in the town, with Aki, Milly, and Noal in the jeep, while D-Boy, Rebin, and Pegas are on foot. Noal says he’ll check out the rich estates to see if they have private power supplies, while D-Boy says he’ll look for survivors. Noal drives off, but Aki also asks Noal what is bothering him. He doesn’t answer her, and they come across a roadblock, and then Milly notices a street sign. She believes she has seen or heard of it before, then Noal drives over the roadblock and heads towards a large mansion on a hill. Noal stops the jeep in front of the main fence, and runs to the mansion. Milly wonders what Noal is looking for, and Aki recognizes the family crest on the fence, telling Milly that the mansion belongs to Noal, and that the mansion is his home. Noal wonders around the house, and calls for his father, but gets no reply. He wonders into a room, and finds no one in it. By a fireplace, he finds pictures, and picks one up to look at a picture of his mother. He gets a flash back about her passing away, with him and his father at the funeral. He puts the picture back onto its stand on the fireplace, and walks over to his room. He walks in and picks up a soccer trophy, remembering how he helped his team win a soccer championship. Outside his room, someone is hiding with a shotgun, but Noal doesn’t know what. He leans on against the window, and looks at the pool deck, and remembers how he joined the military with his father saluting him. An idea suddenly hits Noal, and he jumps out the window (Why he does that I have no clue), and he runs to the diving board. He says something about a blast shelter, but then the man with the shotgun finally catches up to him, and orders him to drop the trophy, calling him a thief. Noal drops the trophy, but kicks the man just by surprise. Just before Noal can lay another punch, he recognizes him as Barnaby, the family butler. Barnaby apologizes for not recognizing Noal, and Noal apologizes like wise. He then asks Barnaby if he sent everyone to the blast shelter since he didn’t recognize him, and pulls down a panel at the diving board. He punches a code in, and a shelter comes up from the main pool and the blast door opens. Friends, family, and relatives are all hiding, and they greet Noal. He asks them if his father is with them, but Barnaby tells him that when Radam attacked sometime ago, everyone ran to the shelter while his father stayed behind. Noal slowly comes to terms over what he’s heard, and decides to visit what he believes to now be his father’s grave, paying respects. In the town, D-Boy, Rebin, and Pegas continue looking for survivors, but D-Boy knows that he’s been followed. Pegas fires at a building, revealing a single young man. D-Boy grabs him and demands to know why he was being followed. Them man apologizes and says it was a case of a mistaken identity. D-Boy asks if he means Radam, but the man says no and that he is referring to the motor cycle gang, the Hyenas. D-Boy looks at him with shock, as he can’t believe humans destroyed the town. Not far off, the Hyenas have returned with weapons and vehicles, looking for trouble.

 

Back at a church, Noal is having a conversation with his old friend Sophia, who says that the children in hiding need a soccer field. Milly and Aki tell her there isn’t a place in the town that isn’t covered with debris, but she says that even though the Hyenas ruined it, she wants the kids to do something else, other than learn violence. Noal agrees to help Sophia with that, as he says they can build the field next to his home. Later, they tear down an old building to make room for the field. Sophia runs off to get something, and Milly tells Noal that she went to get a real soccer ball. At the church, Sophia finds the same soccer ball Noal had used to win the championship with, but before she can get to the others, the Hyenas arrive, and threaten her. The gang attacks the mansion using rockets and mortar shells, and Noal, along with Barnaby, Aki, and the kids run over to the front gate to see what is happening. They get to the front gate, and see Sophia tied up with the soccer ball to a mortar barrel. Noal walks up alone, but a gang member shoots bullets from an old pistol at him. The first bullet bounces off his uniform shoulder armor, but the second one hits him in the leg. Sophia begs for him not to step closer or he’ll get injured again, but Noal demands to the gang that they let her go. The gang asks him what he’ll do about it, but then spidercrabs start attacking the town. Milly thinks that the weapons fire probably drew the spidercrabs, and the gang turns their attention from the mansion to the spidercrabs. But they’re vehicles and weapons don’t are too antiquated to do any real damage. Aki gets the jeep, which has Noal’s Sol Tekkaman armor, and he gets in it. A spidercrab is about to destroy the vehicle that Sophia is tied to, but Noal saves her, and cuts her loose. She hands her over to Aki, as she’s unconscious, and orders Barnaby and Aki to go to the shelter. Noal can’t seem to handle all the spidercrabs alone, but Blade finally shows up with Pegas. They start taking care of the spidercrabs, and it’s not long before their job is done. A short time passes, and the kids are playing soccer, with Sophia watching over them. Everyone seems to be ok, but Aki apologizes to Noal that they couldn’t save more of the mansion as it was now mostly in ruins from the attack. Noal isn’t worried, as he’s happy that the kids and his old friends are ok. Just as he’s about to leave, Rebin runs up to the gang and tells them that ‘he’ received a distress call from another town not far from where they were, saying Tekkaman-Axe is on the way. The Space Knights are back on the road, as it turns out the distress call was a false alarm. D-Boy is sick of the false alarms, but Milly jokes about him not being angry when he’s with Aki. Rebin jokes about it as well, but Aki hits a ‘convenient’ road bump, causing Rebin to fall down. They eventually run into another town, but the single bar in it is making a lot of noise. Milly becomes worried about it drawing attention from the spidercrabs, and they go into the town. They stop at the bar, but they are unsure of how to tell the people what they are doing, and eventually decide to leave them. The Green Earth is taken outside the town, while the Space Knights discuss what to do next while they’re eating. Noal gets an idea, and says to let Radam come with Axe. That way, they won’t have to find Axe, as Axe will more likely come to the town. Aki doesn’t like the idea, but Noal doesn’t have any other ideas. Rebin then believes that those aren’t civilians in the bar, but soldiers. ‘He’ runs to a console and brings up a data file suggesting a ninety-man unit. Rebin then says that they may want to draw Radam in to attack them, but D-Boy says they have no idea what force Radam would bring. Aki points out that Radam has taken notice, and they attack the town. The Space Knights head out in hopes of evening the odds, but the soldiers are doing a fair job of killing the spidercrabs on their own (Since they’re carrying heavier weaponry for a change). But Axe arrives and the tides change, as he starts killing men off one by one. A large turret at the end of the town opens fire, but Axe easily destroys it, just before Blade arrives with Pegas. Blade attacks Axe, but he gets knocked over into the turret barrel, with Axe taunting him. Noal shows up in the Sol Tekkaman armor, but he nearly gets cut in half from one of Axe’s energy attacks. Blade gets up and surprises Axe, getting a few free hits. However, Axe’s rider (same as the one that Evil used before) shows up and he rides away, leaving them behind. Blade is angry about Axe’s retreat, but Noal tries to calm him down, telling him they’ll find Axe another way.

 

This episode doesn’t seem appropriately named, considering what happened. It’s nice to get a great deal on Noal’s background and his home, as well as family. I think it’s much needed and makes Noal’s character that much more believable and likable. But this episode shows the cruelty that is us, as humans that is. We can stoop so low at times, and it’s proof here when the Space Knights have to protect Noal’s family from a biker gang. Thankfully it works out in Noal’s favor. The ending was near semi meaningless, as the fight between Blade and Axe is too short, and Axe simply gets away again. I don’t think this is much of a filler episode, as it seems more of a character development one. But that’s not counting the pointless battle at the end.

 

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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